Fr Stephen Smuts

Muslims in Zanzibar Throw Acid in the Face of a Priest

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The BBC:

A Roman Catholic priest in Zanzibar has received treatment in hospital after attackers threw acid at him on a street in the island’s capital, police say.

Elderly priest Joseph Anselmo Mwagambwa was attacked as he was leaving an internet cafe in the island’s old town.

It follows a similar attack on two young British women there last month.

Tensions between the majority Muslim population and Christians have been on the increase in recent years, as well as on mainland Tanzania.

“He sustained burns in his face and shoulders. The acid burnt through his shirt,” Zanzibar police spokesman Mohamed Mhina told Reuters.

Tanzanian police say they are searching for witnesses to the attack which occurred in the old part of Zanzibar City, Stone Town, on Friday afternoon.

Tourism is a key source of revenue, with some 200,000 visitors to Zanzibar last year

It is the latest in a series of assaults on religious figures in the country and the fifth acid attack since November, when a Muslim cleric was hospitalised with acid burns.

In a sign of further tension, a Catholic priest was shot dead in February.

The attack on the British girls in August occurred in the same part of Stone Town.

Zanzibar’s President Ali Mohammed Shein said the assault had “brought chaos and confusion to our country and outside”.

Zanzibari officials offered a £4,000 ($6,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

A popular tourist destination, the acid attacks came as a shock to many residents of Zanzibar who say attacks on foreign travellers are rare.

Police say no suspects have been arrested over the attack on the priest.

 

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Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

September 15, 2013 at 17:33

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  1. May the heathen war against the heathen, but may Protestantism reign!

    swesleymcgranor

    September 16, 2013 at 20:02

    • What is “Protestantism?” Does such a thing even exist?

      William Tighe

      September 18, 2013 at 21:03

      • I wouldn’t bother, Dr Tighe. A quick look at his website suggests that his modus operandi is to post provocative statements, or get into provocative arguments, and then display the results on his website.

        Classic troll. Deny him air.

        Stephen

        September 19, 2013 at 00:54


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